Last night, Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to James Duthie in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments as a journalist, author, charity ambassador and award-winning sports broadcaster.

James Duthie is one of Canada’s best-known sportscasters and is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. His coverage spans the Grey Cup, Super Bowl, Masters, several Olympic Games and later this year, he will also host Canada’s second ever appearance at the World Cup of Soccer.

Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including eight Canadian Screen Awards for Canada’s Best Sportscaster and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award from Sports Media Canada.

Outside of sports-broadcasting, Duthie is a charity ambassador, representing Children Believe (formerly the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada), and is the author of four best-selling books.

 

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“James Duthie is a remarkable journalist and has brought many Canadians joy and excitement through his dedication to sports coverage at the national and international levels. He is not only a strong ambassador of sport but is also devoted to supporting those in need. Today, I am honoured to present the Key to the City to James Duthie.”

Mayor Jim Watson

 

Key facts 

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s highest and most prestigious award.
  • The Key to the City was first presented in 1902 by His Worship Fred Cook to Lady Minto.
  • Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
  • The Key to the City was last awarded to golfer Brooke Henderson.

 

Biography

James Duthie is one of Canada’s best-known sportscasters and is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. He not only covers hockey for TSN, but also covers the Grey Cup, the Super Bowl and the Masters. James Duthie has also hosted coverage of several Olympic Games, including the unforgettable 2010 Games in Vancouver, British Columbia and in November, he will be hosting Canada’s second ever appearance at the World Cup of Soccer.

Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style continues to make him a fan favourite across Canada, making him one of the most-followed media personalities on Twitter. His natural charisma and extensive history in sports broadcasting allows him to gain exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment. Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including eight Canadian Screen Awards for Canada’s Best Sportscaster, and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award from Sports Media Canada.

When he’s not sports-broadcasting, Duthie is giving back as a charity ambassador, representing Children Believe (formerly the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada) in the cause to help children around the world overcome poverty and achieve their full potential. He is also the author of four best-selling books, including his most recent, Beauties: Hockey’s Greatest Untold Stories, which was #1 on the bestseller list in Canada in 2020.

James grew up in Gloucester and began his career in Ottawa at CJOH-TV. He now lives in Aurora, Ontario with his wife Cheryl and three children.